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The Basilicas of Ethiopia: An Architectural History

Author/EditorSalvo M de (Author)
ISBN: 9781784537258
Pub Date23/11/2016
BindingHardback
Pages160
Dimensions (mm)280(h) * 235(w)
Fully-illustrated colour guide to Ethiopian basilicas
¥9,826
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The basilica is symbolic of the history of Christianity in Ethiopia. Aizan, the first Christian king of the Aksumite empire was responsible for the creation of the large, five-aisled church of M?ry?m ??yon, sadly destroyed in 1535, and since then many hundreds of basilicas have been built in Ethiopia, many, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lalibela, literally 'hewn from the rock'. In this book, architectural historian and architect Mario di Salvo considers the unique architectural features of Ethiopia's basilicas and explains how they developed over time. Featuring almost 200 colour illustrations, this book is an attractive and comprehensive guide to some of Ethiopia's most inspiring religious buildings.

The basilica is symbolic of the history of Christianity in Ethiopia. Aizan, the first Christian king of the Aksumite empire was responsible for the creation of the large, five-aisled church of M?ry?m ??yon, sadly destroyed in 1535, and since then many hundreds of basilicas have been built in Ethiopia, many, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lalibela, literally 'hewn from the rock'. In this book, architectural historian and architect Mario di Salvo considers the unique architectural features of Ethiopia's basilicas and explains how they developed over time. Featuring almost 200 colour illustrations, this book is an attractive and comprehensive guide to some of Ethiopia's most inspiring religious buildings.

Mario Di Salvo is an architect and Director of the Fondation Carlo Leone et Mariena Montandon. He is the author of a number of publications on different forms of artistic expression, especially in the field of architecture and the figurative arts. His previous books include Churches of Ethiopia: The Monastery of Narga Sellase and Crosses of Ethiopia: The Sign of Faith - Evolution and Form. Carolyn Gossage is an author and historian. She has previously written books on Ethiopian icons and crosses.

Foreword by Professor Michael Gervers Introduction: The Structural Characteristics of Christian Basilicas Part I - The Ruins of the Ancient Aksumite Basilicas (4th-7th c.) Part II - The Architecture of Ethiopia's 8th-12th century (post-Aksumite) Basilicas Modified/Edified Basilicas Subterranean /Hypogeal Basilicas Semi-monolithic Basilicas Later Basilicas Part III - The Architecture of the Medieval Basilicas of Ethiopia Basilicas constructed in Caves Monolithic Basilicas in Lalibela The Last Ethiopian Basilicas GLOSSARY BIBLIOGRAPHY

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